Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 25, 2022 / 09:10 am
The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said on Friday that “all our hope is in God” amid a full-scale Russian invasion.
In a statement on Feb. 25, the day after Russian forces surged into Ukraine, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk appealed for unity among his compatriots.
“In this tragic time, all our hope is in God. At this tragic time, the fate of Ukraine depends on our ability to self-organize and act responsibly, and take responsibility for the future of our state,” he said.
The 51-year-old major archbishop has led the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), the largest of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches, since 2011.